According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and various state cancer registries, prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer among Indian males with an incidence rate of nine to 10 per 1,00,000 population. In Delhi, diagnosis of prostate cancer is second most priority among men and accounts for about 6.78 per cent of all malignancies.
Dr Kumar said that if diagnosis of prostate cancer happens at an earlier stage, when cancer is confined only to the prostate gland, there is a very good chance of curing it and this can be done either by radiation therapy to kill the cancerous cells or by surgically removing the malignant gland from the body.
According to Dr Sudhir Kumar Rawal, head of department and director at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, prostate cancer if diagnosed at an early stage – localized, it can very well be treated with radiation therapy or removed surgically..
He also said that advanced 3-D laparoscopy and robotics, along with cancer drugs are available free of cost in tertiary-care government hospital like Safdarjung Hospital and AIIMS. Experts emphasise on making PSA exam — a blood test used primarily to screen for prostate cancer — a part of routine health check-up.